Nine-year-old boy gets snowball fight ban lifted in USA town

Blanche Robertson
December 7, 2018

A nine-year-old boy from a small, wintry town in Colorado was able to throw his first (legal) snowball at his younger brother after he convinced council leaders to repeal a almost century-old ban on snowball fights. "So, what ends up happening is (town leaders) always encourage the kids with, 'You have the power you can change the law.' No one has".

Dane Best said he made a decision to take on local authorities and persuade them to change the law by using simple logic.

"The children of Severance want an opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world", Dane told the trustees.

"All of the kids always get blown away that it's illegal to have snowball fights in Severance", Rietkerk said before the meeting.

Immediately afterward, Dane Best took to the streets and lobbed the town's first "legal" snowball.

Dane was victorious and the council agreed to change the law.

The ordinance states that it is illegal to throw stones or missiles at any trees, people, property, or buildings - and according to Kyle Rietkerk, assistant to the Severance town administrator, snowballs fall under the "missile" category.

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"He had confidence all the way through", his mom Brooke Best said.

"I want to be president, so I can have the whole White House to myself and make more changes", he answered.

"I wanted to throw them at my brother", he said.

The intrepid nine-year-old also has some advice for other young people interested in becoming involved in civic politics. The snowball Dane threw outside city hall had been saved for him by city staff.

Dane has a guinea pig, which is illegal in Severance, too.

Written by Sheena Goodyear.

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